During the Civil War, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton delivered this confidential report to the President:
"Mr. President," intoned the bearded Stanton gravely, "I must tell you that witnesses have observed General Grant actually imbibing in his tent."
"Is that so?" drawled Lincoln. "Can you tell me what brand of whiskey he's drinking?"
"I don't understand why that is necessary," replied his confused secretary of war.
"Because," answered Lincoln, "I want to send a case of it to my other generals."
James C. Humes, The Wit & Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln